Inattention magnifies perceived length: the attentional receptive field hypothesis.

@article{Tsal1996InattentionMP,
  title={Inattention magnifies perceived length: the attentional receptive field hypothesis.},
  author={Yehoshua Tsal and Lilach Shalev},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. Human perception and performance},
  year={1996},
  volume={22 1},
  pages={233-43}
}
Five experiments demonstrated that a briefly presented vertical line is judged as longer when it is unattended relative to when it is attended. This effect was obtained in estimating the length of 1 of 5 possible lines (Experiment 1) and in matching the length of a test line to a criterion line (Experiments 3 and 4). The directional effect of attention was eliminated when participants estimated the length difference between 2 simultaneously presented lines (Experiment 2). An additional matching… CONTINUE READING

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